AHMEDABAD, India (CMC):
Coach David Williams says Trinidad and Tobago were deprived of victory in their second match of the Champions League T20 because of an unstoppable Tisara Perera and an expensive spell from medium pacer Rayad Emrit.
The Red Force were on course to their second win in the tournament against Sunrisers Hyderabad when Perera came to the rescue with a robust unbeaten 57 to seal victory by four wickets with three balls to spare on Tuesday.
"The guys were unfortunate to run into Perera in that kind of form. You tried the short ball, he hit you. You tried the yorker, he hit you as well," said Williams.
"It was just one of those times when a man comes in and plays out of this world and takes a game from you."
Batting first, T&T made 160 for eight in their 20 overs, an innings highlighted by an attractive 44 ball 66 from the stylish Darren Bravo.
While Sunil Narine grabbed four for nine to help defend the total, Emrit was pummelled all over the park and went for 57 runs from his four overs.
"I thought the guys played well, but a costly over from Emrit turned the game and we could not recover," said Williams.
"Emrit went for runs, but at the same time, he has been bowling really well for us all season, and he would come back good again. I thought that with 160 on the board we would be able to defend that, but the ball was wet, and fielding also proved to be a problem."
Trinidad and Tobago's next game is on Monday in Ahmedabad against The Titans, who also have a record of one win and a loss. Williams said he is confident the Red Force will bounce back.
"We are still in this tournament; we need to win our next two games now and we will move forward," said the former West Indies wicketkeeper.
"The guys are professionals, and they would come back strong. We have the next few days to sort ourselves out, and we go to Ahmedabad looking for a win against the Titans."
Chennai Super Kings defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 12 runs in a high scoring match.
Scores: Chennai Super Kings 202 for four (Suresh Raina 84, MS Dhoni 63 n.o.). SunrisersHyderabad 190 for seven (Shikhar Dhawan 48, Darren Sammy 50; Dwayne Bravo two for 34, Jason Holder two for 39).